August 22, 2008

SF--West Portal and Twin Peaks

It's my first date with West Portal and Twin Peaks, a neighborhood located in southwestern San Francisco. In addition to it's attraction, West Portal Terminal of Muni tunnel beneath Twin Peaks, West Portal Avenue is like a parade of non-chain stores and restaurants, which gives an impression of local atmosphere. It's the reason why I like West Portal. This is a pic of the tunnel exit (looking northeast) I borrow from someone's website.

Today the most impressive stop at this cute REAL place is "El Toreador"--an authentic Mexican restaurant. It's decorated with colorful trinkets and memorabilia all over the walls and ceilings and even the appearance of its building. I was blown away when I saw it from outside. (The pic is from

As for food, I am not really an urban snob, I would say the food is not as so-so as someone says. Since it's priced reasonably and the service is also remarkable, both of us had good time here. We had Fajitas De Gambas(pic 1 below) and Fajita Quesadilla (pic 2 below). Both of them came with guacamole and sour cream, but I got more excited when topping salsa on grilled chicken in Fajita Quesadilla. Oh, I am really a spicy food addict! HaHa! Besides, Lidya gave me a prawn of her Fajitas De Gambas, and it's really good, too. Next time I should try this.

The next spot is Twin Peaks. And, uh...I need to admit sth...when knowing there is Muni terminal, I felt it's a pity we drove today. If we took Muni from downtown San Fran, then we could travel underground and enjoy the ride under the mountain through tunnel. However, few mins later, on the way to Twin Peaks, Lidya told me it took almost one hour for her and her bro to walk from bus stop to the top of Twin Peaks, I waved this feeling immediately. It's really a breath loosing! Cuz it's not so good for me to go hiking or mountain climbing for such a long time!!! HAHA!

Getting on the top of Twin Peaks, we were so excited with the view. However, it's so windy and foggy that after taking few pics we got on car immediately. Here are some pics we took on the top of Twin Peaks.

It's view of downtown, Lidya said the road in the upper center of the pic is Market Street. Oh my! I really wanna check it at night! The night view must be very beautiful and romantic if it's not a foggy day.

Right after we took this pic it got thick fog immediately. See pic below:

We're really lucky cuz we caught both clear and foggy moment at this visiting. But personally the fog always makes me gloomy, tho the frequent fog keeps this area green even in rainless spring and summer.

It's an adventure worthy of recording cuz, for the first time in my life, I drove in the mountain!! Not only the zigzag paths but the losing direction feelings hang me back to try. Actually I was not aware that this trip would be in the mountain untill we were already up the hill. It's really terrible at first. Oh! Gosh! If it were not Lidyaaaaa who tried all the way to ease my nerve! Thanks to Lidya for being my GPS..... If it were not her I would get lost here and there, with all my fears, in the mountain. Oh well, one day I will conquer the fear of driving around San Francisco where roads are always up and down, and there are so many complicated intersactions that I can't always follow the direction GPS tells.

Beijin 2008 Olympics

It's Day 14 when the whole event is almost going to its ending.

The most exciting inducement to follow the Olympics news everyday is baseball-- which arouses every Taiwanese's attention and excitement. It's been 16 years we never got Golden Medal, so everyone expects Taipei Baseball Team can win back Taiwan baseball reputation this year. However, it turned out to be only a dream. Our team kept losing in a serial (five) games, saying goodbye to semifinal.

It's really heartbreaking.

Many people point fingers at the coaches and some players, playing the blame game as an outlet for their disappointment; meanwhile, there are some discussions about how Taiwanese fans and players overestimate the power of rivals for many years. We think of our baseball team as strong as the team of several years ago, the team with whom few countries could contest. However, in 2008 Olympics, we can't even win China and South Korea which, in overall prediction, are supposed to lose the games when playinging with Taipei.

It's time to wake up from the dream and examine all the faults and strategies during past years. I still believe our baseball team have much power to match those teams like Cuba or America. It's just something about players' and fans' attitudes.

GoGoGo! Taipei Baseball Team! See you in 2012 Olympics.

August 21, 2008

Welcome me

I am so excited since this is the first entry in my first blog. Actually i was always thinking about having one, finally it comes true today! hehe....

still figuring out how to manager the layout and embed a slideshow into this space....